anxiety

Counselling Services for Waterloo Region

Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.
— Kahlil Gibran
 

Anxiety is a normal and even healthy part of being human. It signals to us when there is a risk or threat, and triggers a fight, flight, or freeze response. However, anxiety can also kick in when there isn't danger, causing an exhausting and often debilitating set of symptoms. 

It can impact us in a variety of ways:

  • racing heart
  • tightness in the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • racing thoughts
  • catastrophizing
  • obsessive thoughts
  • compulsive behaviours 
  • phobias
  • anxiety attacks

There are also different types of anxiety disorders that you may have heard of or been diagnosed with: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. To get a brief overview of each of these disorders and their symptoms, click here or here.

If anxiety is getting in the way of your work, relationships, or day-to-day living, consider counselling as a helpful resource. 

Additional Resources

Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada: General information and resources
Anxiety BC: General information, apps, self-help strategies & more for adults, teens, and kids
3 Tips for Calming Your Anxiety: A brief article on addressing your anxiety

community resources

The Present: A meditation studio in Uptown Waterloo
Queen Street Yoga: A yoga studio that offers workshops for anxiety and depression.